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Student Safety

Student Safety


  • Consultants must NEVER be left unsupervised with students.
  • If supervising staff must leave a room, the consultant must go with them.
  • Consultants must not use student restrooms.
  • Consultants are not permitted to be on campus without an escort.
  • Consultants must be escorted to and from the parking lot.
  • Supervised Contact forms, which allow for Live Scan exemptions under certain circumstances are available from Lynh N. Rust, Executive Director, Contracts & Purchasing at


Vendors doing business with Capistrano Unified School District, are requested to provide the following documentation prior to conducting business and follow best practices for live animals:
  • When using animals during a class presentation, the purchase requisition must include a list of the animal(s) being used.  This list determines the amount of liability coverage that will be required of the consultant.
  • The school should acquire any local permits needed for the event.
  • The vendor should complete a facilities use agreement.
  • The vendor should provide:
    • Proof of commercial general liability insurance with minimum limits of $1 million per occurrence.  This policy should be separately endorsed to name the District as an additional insured, and provide coverage for all persons who will be performing animal handling services.
    • Proof of business auto coverage with minimum limits of $1 million per occurrence for the vehicle used to transport the animal to the school site.
    • Certified proof from a licensed veterinarian that the animal is current with all vaccinations that are required for its species and that the animal is free from any illness that can be passed to humans.
  • Animal food and waste must not be left on-site (should be removed by the individual(s) bringing the animal on campus).
  • The animal(s) should be kept in the cage at all times.  Physical contact between the animal(s) and the students should be avoided. 
  • It is strongly recommended that some type of hand sanitizer or hand washing station be made available to those that would like to sanitize/wash their hands after petting the animal(s).  
  • The animal(s) owner should be on-site and with the animal(s) at all times during the event.  This helps with animal control efforts in the event that something causes the animal to go into defense/attack mode.
  • Notice and waiver should be sent to the parents advising of the type of animal(s) being brought in and inquiring about allergies of the students.  Even with notice being sent, the District may wish to make a second inquiry about allergies directly to the students at the time of the event.
  • Safety procedures should be reviewed with the children prior to the animal(s) being brought on campus; for example, no sticking fingers in the cage; no sudden movements that may startle the animal; no teasing.